If you already received an Express Entry invitation, and you find some missing or out-of-date information on your profile, you might have to make a difficult decision in order to stay in good standing with the immigration refugee and citizens.
Before you obtain your Invitation to Apply (ITA) you can make changes or update your Express Entry profile without explanation.
But, it’s always advisable to update your profile as soon as changes happen in your life that will affect your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score or eligibility for one of Canada’s immigration programs.
Once you receive an invitation, your Express Entry profile automatically gets recorded in the Global Case Management System. It is now up to you, the applicant, to make sure that the information is still correct before you submit your application for Canadian permanent residence.
Failure to do so may cause you great consequences or hamper your chances to move to Canada. If IRCC finds that you have misrepresented yourself or presented false information, you may be banned from applying for Canadian immigration for five (5) years.
When assessing your application, IRCC officers check all the documents you have lodged in support of your application and give a decision on your immigration application.
IRCC will verify the completeness of your application, as well as the content of the documents you presented. If your application is incomplete, there is a high risk that they will return your application, which is not the same as being declined or refused.
In the event that you cannot provide all the supporting documents required on your application, you have the option of declining the invitation. There is a difference between declining an invitation and not responding.
When you decline an ITA, your profile is still active or valid in the Express Entry pool. You can still obtain an invitation as long as you continue to be qualified for an Express Entry-managed program and should a draw cover your CRS score. In this case, you also will maintain the maturity of your Express Entry profile in the pool.
This is important in case more than one candidate has the same score in a given Express Entry draw. In such a case ( also known as tie-break) the cut-off will be based on the date and time of Express Entry profile submission.
However, if you do not respond in Ninety (90) days, your EE invitation will expire and you will no longer be in the Express Entry pool. If this happens, you can re-enter the pool but you need to lodge a new profile, provided you are still qualified for an Express Entry-managed program.
Sometimes, it is not possible to get all of the required supporting documents. In this case, you have the option to send a letter of explanation (LOE) to IRCC, explaining that you did everything possible to get the documents in time but it was impossible. IRCC will check the letter of explanation on a case-by-case basis, and the immigration officer will make a decision based on his own discretion.
It can be stressful to turn down an invitation because it means going back into the Express Entry pool and waiting to be invited again.
There is always the option to try and improve your Comprehensive Ranking System score to make it more likely that you will be selected again.
There are many ways to do this, some people try improving their score on their language test, for instance, or trying for a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) nomination, which automatically gets them an extra 600 points.
At the end of the day, it is just very important to keep your profile as up-to-date, complete, and accurate as you can.